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UMBC Baseball Wins First-Ever Conference-Opener, Edges Vermont, 10-9
Junior Ryan Morse earned his second save of the season as he led the Retrievers to a win over Vermont.
BALTIMORE—The UMBC baseball team won its conference-opener for the first time since joining the America East in the 2003-04 season as the Retrievers (8-13) downed Vermont, 10-9, in the first game of a four-game series on Friday afternoon at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC.
Junior Scott Peddicord (
Junior Dan Blewett (2-4) (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) earned his second win of the season after pitching 6.2 innings and giving up seven runs on nine hits while striking out four. Junior Ryan Morse (
Miguel Magrass led the Catamounts in the loss, going 4-for-5 on the day with two runs scored, three RBI, a double and a home run, while Kyle Henry (1-2) was slated with his second loss of the season after giving up nine runs, three earned on 13 hits in five innings of work.
The Catamounts broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth with a two-run, bases-clearing double from Magrass, an RBI double by Jeff Nolet and a Retriever error to take a 4-0 lead.
The Retrievers rallied in the bottom of the inning, however, as they took a 5-4 lead which was started off by a one-out single by senior Mark Lemon (
Junior Wink Nolan (
A grand slam by Peddicord to deep center gave the Retrievers a 5-4 advantage going into the fifth, though the Catamounts quickly countered with a solo homer by Justin Milo to knot the score at five.
Fowler added three more runs for UMBC in the sixth with a homer down the left field line and junior Tom Meaney (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem) added one more with an RBI single up the middle to put the Retrievers up, 9-5.
The Catamounts threatened, scoring one run in the eighth to cut the lead to three once again and saw another solo homer, this time by Magrass, in the ninth before the Retrievers shut them down for the 10-9 win.
The Retrievers and Catamounts continue the four-game series on Saturday with a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. and will play the finale on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.